By : Jaimye Hydrick
24-Hour Victim Hot Line
MADD stands for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and was founded on September 5, 1980 in Fair Oaks, California by Candy Lightner. The purpose of this organization is “To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving."
Why MADD Was Created -
MADD was founded by Candy Lightner after he 13 year old daughter, Cari Lightner, was hit and killed by a drunk driver. On May 3, 1980, Cari was on the way to a church carnival when a car swerved out of control, hit her, and killed her. When police arrested the driver they found out that he had a record of arrests for intoxication and he had already been arrested once for another hit and run drunk driving charge not even a week before. Candy also found out that drunk driving was rarely prosecuted harshly. This is what sparked her to form MADD.
Drunk driving is the #1 cause of deaths on the road ways.
Every 2 minutes someone is injured in a drunk driving crash.
Everyday in America, 28 people die due to drunk driving crashes. That's one person every 53 minutes.
2 out of 3 people will be impacted by a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
1 in 4 car crashes with teenagers involve an underage drunk driver.
Their is absolutely no excuse to drive drunk thanks to things such as taxis, public transportation, designated-drivers, etc. When driving under the influence, you are not only putting yourself at risk, but else everybody else that is on or near the road. So if your night involves alcohol, make sure you have a safe way of getting back home and think about others before getting into the drivers seat when you are under the influence.